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Onesies and Sleepers OH MY!

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ONESIES

To prepare your onsies to sell at the sale- you need to first determine if they were intended to be used as undergarments or as clothing that could go over the top of another onsie.

 

ONESIES THAT ARE INTENDED TO BE WORN UNDER CLOTHING  should be grouped together and put into a Ziploc bag. These bags are sorted by size and put into bins at the sale.  They could be short or long sleeved.  Short sleeve onesies such as these can be sold at both of the spring/summer and winter/fall sale as they are considered underwear.

 

Examples of onsies that should be bagged:

 

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ONESIES THAT ARE INTENDED TO BE WORN AS CLOTHING (verses an undergarment) are put on hangers and really only considered “onesies” beause they have a crotch snap.   This is the sort of item that would be purchased new as a single item or with an outfit in the baby clothing area- versus in multi-packages near other types of baby basics.  These onsies can be put on a hanger so that they can be hung on a rack in the baby clothing area at the sale.  It is still often best to group these with other similar onesies or shirts so it seems like a better deal and is more noticeable to the shopper.  This is done by grouping several of these shirts together or a shirt and pair of pants together by pinning them on the hanger.   The whole outfit should be pinned together and hung on a hanger.

 

Short sleeved shirt-onesides are sold at the spring/summer sale and long sleeved shirt-onesies are sold at the fall/winter sale.

 

Examples of onsies that should be hung:

 

       

SLEEPERS

Sleepers are considered pajamas, and all of the pajamas are in put into bins by size, so they should NOT be hung.  They should be put in a bag as they will end up in bins.  For larger sizes, you may instead want to keep them out of the bag and attatch a tag directly to the sleeper.  To make sure that the tag does not come off, you may want to first put a piece of tape over the area that the tag will be pinned.  You ould also tape down the pin as well.

 

Sleep blankets (swaddlers, sleep bags, etc.) all will be on the sales floor in bins by the linens.

Hangers and Pins

Some say the hardest thing about Consigning is finding hangers and pins –

Well not any longer!

We’re partnering with the fabulous non-profit Kindred Kids.  They are the area non-profit that receives all donated items that are not purchased after each sale.   Their volunteers carefully take all of the tags off of the clothing and clothing off of their hangers so they can be put to good use at Kindred Kids.

And now they have hangers and pins that they’d love to get back to consignors, all for a minor donation to their wonderful cause and keeping Kindred Kids open.

So come one, come all!  Big bags of Hangers are only $1, and bags of pins are only $1!

While you are there, check out their amazing lending library and let the kids play with all of their amazing toys.  Or make a day out of your trip to Columbus –  several lovely parks, a great Aquatic center, a fun train station,  a cool mom and pop authentic drive in restaurant called Mullin’s Short Stop Drive-In, which looks like a ton of fun.   (Apparently there are some really friendly deer in the park that kids love to feed and and their library is awfully sweet.)

You can find a map to Kindred Kids as well as their hours on their website

EC

Important change to the sale of Cribs

Friends of Half-Pint,

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently created a new set of safety standards regarding cribs.  The new standards state that any crib manufactured before July 23rd, 2010,  CAN NOT BE SOLD OR DONATED.    Enforcement of this standard takes effect on July 28th of this year.   Due to the short period of time between the July 23, 2010 and the upcoming sale, Half-Pint has decided to suspend the sale of cribs indefinitely.  We apologize, as we know this effects both our consignors and shoppers, but we simply can not afford to risk potentially selling a crib that is not in compliance with the new CPSC standard.

Please note that the suspension of sales ONLY APPLIES TO TRADITIONAL CRIBS.  It does not effect gear such as Pack N’ Plays, co-sleepers, and bassinets or any type of mattress.  We still sell these items and they are often highly sought after by our pregnant mama’s.  If you have a question about a specific piece of gear, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

More information regarding this new safety standard can be found on the CPSC website by clicking here.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and compliance with this issue.  At this point the decision to suspend the sales of cribs is the best way for us to ensure the safety of our shoppers and their families.  We will continue to evaluate the situation for future sales and will keep you updated if anything changes.

-EC and LS

Watcha’ Selling? Post a picture and win!

You’ve sorted through your bins-o-stuff to sell, and you know you’ve got good stuff.  Now is your chance to use your piles to win a gift certificate to the sale!

Post up to THREE pictures of your absolute best for-sale items on your facebook page and TAG us.    Then let the fun begin!

The person who posts the picture with the most LIKE’S will receive a $15 Half-Pint Resale  Gift Certificate.  One person who likes the winning picture, drawn at random, will also receive a $15 Half-Pint Resale Gift Certificate.

The fun starts now and ends on Sunday, April 3 at 10pm.

Thanks for playin!

-EC and LS

PS Don’t forget to change your privacy settings so that your pictures can, at minimum, be seen by friends of friends.  Then, when we share them on our blog, otherwise will be able to see them and “like” them!

The Basics of Half-Pint

So you’re new to Half-Pint.  Maybe you have a little one on the way, or you’ve just moved to the area.  Maybe you just got word of this great resource for your family, and you are wondering – how does this all work?

Storefrontless

From a purely logistical standpoint, Half-Pint Resale doesn’t have a “home” per se.  We love our current location, but because Half-Pint Resale is a four day pop-up event kind of deal, we are mobile.  Half-Pint Resale is twice per year, taking place in both spring (featuring spring and summer clothing) and fall (featuring fall and winter clothing).  Our current location, which we love and adore to the enth degree, is the Goodman Community Center and their lovely lovely gymnasium.  They kindly tell all of their regular programs to take a week off and they let us take over their fine center.

All of the “stuff” (racks, etc.) live in various places around our homes.   An office?  That would be our dining room tables, which, after our day jobs are complete and our children go to bed, we fortify with our laptops, Cherry Coke Zero, Coffee, Microwave Popcorn, and all forms of Gummy candies.

The Stuff that is for sale at Half-Pint

Where does all of the stuff come from?  Hundreds of families out in the community have it all stored away in their basements in big giant bins right this very instant!  Whether they have been holding on to it for sentimental value, or they have always wanted to find a way to retain a little of it’s original purchase price by reselling it, it’s a treasure for another family waiting to be found.  This “stuff” is all items that are geared towards pregnant moms, newborns, to kids around the age of 7.  It’s strollers, it’s pack and plays and exersaucers, it’s breast pumps and cloth diapers.  It’s tremendous amounts of clothing and toys.  If it’s something you are looking for – someone out their in the community has it and would love to pass on the good deal to you and your family.

I’ve got stuff!

Great!  Consignment is actually a fairly easy process.  There are a lot of details on our website, but basically it goes like this:  You read the consignor agreement (which basically states that you will hang, tag, and price all of your own items per our basic guidelines, and then in return will receive 70% of the sales minus a small $5 consignment fee).  You sign up to be a consignor online, and then we send you a consignor number, which you use on all of your tags to identify your items.

And then you set to work finding all of the awesome, stain-free, current items around your house that are in sellable condition and tag them.  All you need is safety pins and tags, which you have photocopied from a pdf file on our website.    We also suggest a glass of wine or some other treat, but that is really up to you…

You bring the consignment items on the Thursday before the sale to the Goodman Community Center (during a specified time).  Fabulous volunteers check all of your items in and you put them on the sales floor.  Done, you brush your hands of the items and squeal in glee.

You don’t even need to come to the sale (although I can’t imagine staying away!).  On Sunday morning, when the sale is over, you have the option of picking up all of your items that didn’t sell (you will have stated this on your consignor agreement).   You could also have decided to donate any left over items to our Charity of Choice, and in that case, you could just wait for your consignor check to appear two weeks later.   (See more below)

The Sale

The entire sale is set up on Thursday night after Consignor Drop-off is over.  For a few hours, a few volunteers and ourselves sort and label like mad-people and finish up final tasks.  Friday is a fun day.  There are two presales before the sale itself is open to the general public.  The first is the Volunteer Presale.  We treasure our 150+ plus volunteers, so the first is a thank-you all for them.  As a special perk, Volunteers are eligible for bringing their children.  The second is the Consignor Presale.  Each sale lasts an hour and a half.

The public sale opens at 2pm.   During the sale there is a volunteer in the “Gear/ Large-Item” area to help you if you want to purchase one of these non-carry-able items.  There are also volunteers with question marks on their backs, there to answer any type of question you might have.  There are volunteers in the Baby Carrier area to help you become acquainted with the different types of carriers available.  You also will find volunteers helping with line management, checking people out, at the cash registers, and doing data entry.  Finally, you will find a volunteer in our “Loot Valet” area, which allows folks to purchase items and leave them by the door for easy car retrieval and stuff pick-up.

The sale takes cash and check at the moment.  And we love it when people bring their own bags.

Half-Price?

Yep, on Saturday, when we open in the afternoon at 1pm, everything is half-price, accept for a few items that have green tags (and will be over the $75 price).  1-5pm on Saturday is bargain hunting mania!!!

Then What?

It all happens in reverse.  Items are sorted – some go to a local charity and are picked up that evening and taken away, and other items get sorted back into the 200+ bins that were left by folks who wanted their items back (it’s a big BIG task).  Everything is taken down and loaded back up into the U-Haul.  We go home and collapse, and come back Sunday morning for about two hours to make sure everyone who wants them gets their bins back.  All consignors get their checks in the mail within ten business days.

But what can you really find at Half-Pint?

Oh, you can find a LOT! Prior to the sale I fill out our cheat sheet, and am often able to score something in every category on the list.  I’ve seen most every baby contraption you can imagine, not to mention trendy baby carriers, strollers, diapers.  If you think you might need it or want it, we probably have it.  Items are generally priced at about one third of their original value.

I hear there are lines.

It’s true, there are lines.  When you are trying to move 15,000 items in and out of one somewhat small room in a matter of just 16 hours, there are bound to be a few lines.  We do our best every sale to tweak the check-out process.  Know that we are constantly watching and assessing!

How do I volunteer?

Go to our website, click on Volunteers, and fill out the online registration form!  You don’t need to have prior Half-Pint experience!  Volunteer shifts are three hours long, and entitle you to a pass to get into the Volunteer Presale!  Good stuff.

Anything else?

Just ask!  Lisa and I are always happy to be in touch!  Just send us an email at halfpintresale@gmail.com.

Oh, and WHEN is the next sale?  We would be remiss if we didn’t remind you of that – You can find all of the information HERE. Also check out consignment information (here) and volunteer information (here).

Happy Thrifting!
Ellen and Lisa

Today is Sort and Purge Day

I am not someone who often follows my own advice.  It’s not that I don’t think it’s a good idea, it’s just that somehow I don’t find the time.  Especially when it comes to organization.

I ADORE organization.  I love reading books on it, buying new office supplies, and observing how other people organize their lives.  But somehow, I feel (and often look) like the most disorganized person I know.

Waiting for later in Winter

But today, my friends, I followed my own advice.  Since Half-Pint is less than two weeks away, today was the day that I went into the basement and found the boxes that hold the clothing I’ve got stored for the kids.  Each kid has a box filled with the next size up – even the oldest, as I often buy things at thrift stores, on clearance, and at Half-Pint that are such good deals that they are worth storing for a year (or more).  Plus, this helps me not have to buy Quite so much all at once when I realize that my child has grown into a whole new size in a matter of weeks.

Piles, Piles and more Piles

I dug through all of the clothes, brought clothes that will be good for fall and winter  (and even stuff just a little big but that will probably fit in a few months) all upstairs to their bedroom.  I then storted through all of the stuff that is already up there and is too small or is for super hot days (since they are long gone, and surely they won’t fit next year).    Everything went into piles, bins, etc.  Clothes for this season were sorted and hung up in the kids closet and folded in their bins.

An organized Closet. Look closely, it only happens twice a year.

I then printed out our printable vital stats sheets and filled them out.

Filled out and waiting for September 17

Splendid!  Next step will be for later this week, when I sort through all of the bins and figure out what I can sell this sale, what has to wait till spring, what should be saved for my youngest, and what needs to find a place in the circular file.    Then Friday,  I’m attending a Half-Pint Tagging party where I’ll bring my bins, ready to hang and pin.

Easy peasy.

Does anyone else find this time of year stressful?  Kids growing out of clothing, change of seasons, switching everything over.  I feel like I just did it yesterday.  Anyone have any advice on how to manage it all?

-Ellen